2. Separate your record album cover into two pieces, front and back. Sometimes you'll need scissors, and sometimes the cover will be so old that it will easily separate by hand. When you're done, it will look like this: You'll need to sacrifice a cover to your girls so that they can do this, too, because tearing things up is fun. NOTE: The cover you sacrifice will NOT be usable after the girls finish with it:
3. Starting with the cover you want to be the top, decide how tall you want your box to be. It will be a square box, and the taller you make it, the narrower the box width will be. 1" tall is wide and flat, 3" tall is tall and narrow, but 2" is a good height for a generic box. Using your ruler and your gridded cutting mat, if you have one----mark a line 2" from the edge of the cover all the way across on all four sides of your cover: Press hard with your pencil, because you'll later be folding along these lines, and the pencil indentation will make it easy to fold. While you're doing this, the girls will have moved on to clay:
4. Do the same with the side that you want to be the bottom of your box, only now you need to measure 2 1/16" from the edge of the cover on each side. This will make the bottom of your box slightly taller and narrower, and since the top of your box will be slightly wider, it will fit over the bottom snugly but not too tightly. When you're done your two covers will look about like this----and your two girls will be done with clay:
5. Notice that in each corner, your lines have crossed to make a square. On each side, cut the right-hand line up to where it meets the perpendicular line----and then fold all the ruled lines you made, making sure they bend easily at a 90-degree angle: While you're doing this, your girls will be emptying out the dress-up bin, looking for their tutus that they actually left in the car after the last dance class:
6. So you can see how, when you snipped the right-hand line up to where it met the perpendicular line on each side of your cover, you made square tabs, each 2" square. Take two adjacent edges of your cover and fold them up to a 90-degree angle along those lines you drew. On the side of that tab that has the cover art on it, you're going to spread hot glue, and then tuck it inside the box and press it onto the inside of the adjacent edge:
This forms one corner of your box. Press firmly until the glue cools down, and then repeat for your other sides. It should now look like this:
And your dancing daughter looks like this: Repeat for the other half of the box until it's finished and looks like this: And then quickly, while your daughters are blitzed out on Jumpstart Kindergarten----repeat three more times until you have this:Whew! What an hour!